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Ossining Student Starring In 'In The Heights'

Miguel Angel Garcia is performing in "In The Heights" at Ossining High School Photo Credit: Miguel Angel Garcia
Miguel Angel Garcia, performing in "Loserville," is one of the stars of "In The Heights."
Miguel Angel Garcia, performing in "Loserville," is one of the stars of "In The Heights." Video Credit: Daily Voice

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Although only a high school student, Ossining resident Miguel Angel Garcia has carved out a remarkable career.

Garcia is one of the starring roles in Ossining High School production of "In The Heights" on March 10, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ossining High School auditorium playing Usnavi de la Vega, the narrator of the show.

Garcia is president of the Ossining Drama Club, a member of the Westchester Collaborative Theatre and of Random Farms Theatre. He also has an agent and a manager.

"In The Heights" Is a musical by Lin Manuel Miranda, the writer of "Hamilton," and is about three generations of people living in a community in Washington Heights.

"I felt it was the perfect time to do the show," Garcia said. "The show teaches about community and diversity,. It's a culture that's not often shown on stage. This show is about diversity, community andfinding hope, and understanding where you can find home and be accepted wherever you want. Theatre is a thing we can all share."

Garcia, whose mother is from Peru and is father is from Spain, said he enjoyed playing someone close to his heritage.

"I am acting as myself through Usnavi," Garcia said. "I am showing the audience who I am. I can relate to him."

The actors in "In The Heights" said they are hoping to travel to Washington Heights before the play to get a feel for the place.

Garcia said is pursuing acting as a major in college. Though he didn't get accepted, he was one of only 168 students to get a callback to Julliard. He also is awaiting responses from Carnegie Mellon, SUNY Purchase and Rutgers.

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